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          SENATE THIRD READING
          SB 1443 (Simitian)
          As Amended  April 14, 2010
          Majority vote 

           SENATE VOTE  :30-0  
           
           WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE     13-0APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Huffman, Fuller,          |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway,          |
          |     |Anderson, Arambula, Tom   |     |Bradford,                 |
          |     |Berryhill, Blumenfield,   |     |Charles Calderon, Coto,   |
          |     |Caballero,                |     |Davis,                    |
          |     |De La Torre, Fletcher,    |     |De Leon, Gatto, Hall,     |
          |     |Gatto,                    |     |Harkey, Miller, Nielsen,  |
          |     |Bonnie Lowenthal, Salas,  |     |Norby, Skinner, Solorio,  |
          |     |Yamada                    |     |Torlakson, Torrico        |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
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           SUMMARY:  Extends the expiration date of the Sacramento-San  
          Joaquin Delta Multi-Hazard Coordination Task Force (Task Force)  
          to the date it submits its report to the Legislature.   
          Specifically,  this bill  :   

          1)Changes the date on which the Task Force would cease to exist,  
            from "on or before January 1, 2011", to the date on which the  
            Task Force submits its report with strategy and  
            recommendations for the emergency preparedness in the Delta  
            region to the Legislature and the Governor; and,

          2)Extends the sunset date of the law to January 1, 2013, unless  
            a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date.

           EXISTING LAW:   The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Emergency  
          Preparedness Act of 2008 (SB 27 (Simitian), Chapter 608,  
          Statutes of 2008) requires the Office of Emergency Services (now  
          called the California Emergency Management Agency, or Cal-EMA)  
          to establish the Task Force, upon the availability of funding.

          The Task Force is to be led by Cal-EMA, and is to include the  
          Delta Protection Commission, the Department of Water Resources,  
          and a single representative from each of the five Delta  
          counties.








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          The Task Force is charged to do the following:

          1)Make recommendations to Cal-EMA relating to the creation of an  
            interagency unified command system organizational framework.  

          2)Coordinate the development of a draft emergency preparedness  
            and response strategy for the Delta region.  

          3)Develop and conduct an all-hazard emergency response exercise  
            in the Delta, designed to test regional coordination protocols  
            already in place.

          The Task Force is required to submit a report with its strategy  
          and recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor prior to  
          January 1, 2011, and shall cease to exist on or before January  
          1, 2011.

          These provisions sunset on January 1, 2011.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   Minor costs to Cal-EMA, of which the task force  
          is a part, to continue work on and finalize the report.

           COMMENTS  :   According to the author, there is a possibility that  
          the Task Force will not complete its work and submit the report  
          on time (because of furloughs at Cal-EMA), and, given the way  
          the statute (SB 27) was written, the consequences of missing the  
          deadline are an even greater delay.  

          Cal EMA believes that they will finish on time by January 1,  
          2011; however, if they are delayed, under the current law the  
          Task Force would have to come back to the Legislature in 2011 to  
          seek reauthorization for their work.  This in turn would further  
          delay the ultimate work product.  Extending the life of the Task  
          Force until the required report is submitted to the Legislature  
          will eliminate the risk of additional delay should the Task  
          Force not complete its work by January 1, 2011.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Igor Lacan / W., P. & W. / (916)  
          319-2096











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